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Archives CME
February 11, 2002

Archives of Internal Medicine Reader's Choice: Continuing Medical Education

Arch Intern Med. 2002;162(3):367-368. doi:10.1001/archinte.162.3.367
Physicians in the United States, Canada, and Mexico

Physicians with current and valid licenses in the United States, Canada, or Mexico who read any 3 of the selected continuing medical education (CME) articles in this issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, complete the CME Evaluation Form, and fax it to the number or mail it to the address at the bottom of the CME Evaluation Form are eligible for Category 1 CME credit. There is no charge.

The American Medical Association (AMA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this educational activity for up to 1 hour of Category 1 credit per Archives of Internal Medicine issue toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award (PRA). Each physician should claim only those hours of credit that were actually spent in the educational activity.

Physicians in Other Countries

Physicians with current and valid licenses in the United States, Mexico, or Canada are eligible for CME credit even if they live or practice in other countries. Physicians licensed in other countries are also welcome to participate in this CME activity. However, the PRA is only available to physicians licensed in the United States, Canada, or Mexico.

Earning Credit

To earn credit, read the articles designated for CME credit carefully and complete the CME Evaluation Form. The CME Evaluation Form must be submitted within 4 weeks of the issue date. A certificate awarding 1 hour of Category 1 CME credit will be faxed or mailed to you; it is then your responsibility to maintain a record of credit received. Questions about CME credit processing should be directed to The Blackstone Group, tel: (312) 419-0400, ext 225; fax: (312) 269-1636.

CME Evaluation Form

One of our goals is to assess continually the educational needs of our readers so we may enhance the educational effectiveness of the Archives of Internal Medicine. To achieve this goal, we need your help. You must complete the CME Evaluation Form to receive credit.

Statement of Educational Purpose

For a complete description of the ARCHIVES' mission statement, please refer to the table of contents.

A flexible curriculum of article topics is developed annually by the journal's editorial board and is then supplemented throughout the year with information gained from readers, authors, reviewers, and editors. The Reader's Choice CME activity allows readers, as adult learners, to determine their own educational needs and to assist the editors in addressing their needs in future issues.

Readers of the Archives of Internal Medicine should be able to attain the following educational objectives: (1) select and read at least 3 articles per issue to gain new medical information on topics of particular interest to them as physicians, (2) assess its value to them as practicing physicians, and (3) think carefully about how this new information may influence their own practices.

CME Articles in This Issue of Archives of Internal Medicine

The following articles in this issue may be read for CME credit:

Antibiotics for Common Respiratory Tract Infections in AdultsArticle

Educational Objective: To review use of antibiotic agents in treating common respiratory tract infections in adults.

Association of Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs With First Occurrence of Heart Failure and With Relapsing Heart Failure: The Rotterdam StudyArticle

Educational Objective: To understand that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may precipitate a relapse in patients with prevalent heart failure but do not cause a first occurrence of heart failure in patients with uncompromised cardiac function.

Smoking and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease Among Women With Type 2 Diabetes MellitusArticle

Educational Objective: To understand that patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus who smoke are at higher risk of developing coronary heart disease than those who do not smoke.

Insurance Coverage, Medical Conditions, and Visits to Alternative Medicine Providers: Results of a National SurveyArticle

Educational Objective: To examine the effect of insurance coverage on frequency of use of complementary and alternative medicine providers.

Cigarette Yield and the Risk of Myocardial Infarction in SmokersArticle

Educational Objective: To demonstrate an association between smokers of higher tar cigarettes and myocardial infarction.

Expert Agreement inCurrent Procedural TerminologyEvaluation and Management CodingArticle

Educational Objective: To determine the level of agreement in Current Procedural Terminology evaluation and management coding of 6 hypothetical progress notes by coding specialists.

Dilutional Hyponatremia in Patients With Cirrhosis and AscitesArticle

Educational Objective: To describe the incidence, predictive factors, and prognosis of dilutional hyponatremia in cirrhotic patients with ascites.

Hepatitis C Virus Transmission From an Anesthesiologist to a PatientArticle

Educational Objective: To understand the steps in an investigation of transmission of hepatitis C virus from a health care worker to patient.